Debate on Nutritional Science

I debated Nina Teicholz at a Junto meeting in New York City. The proposition: "An animal foods/low-carb diet is unhealthy compared with a 90+% plant diet that excludes sugar and refined grain products.” I, of course, spoke in favor of the proposition and Teicholz against. She is author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. You can see the entire debate here.

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Richard says …

Hi I've been shopping at whole foods for 15 years now and I never thought I had to worry about what I bought from the store until today. I always thought whole foods had a different set of morals and standards than the regular grocery stores. Today i was shopping and i notice a orange that had a code on it that starts with a 3 so i asked the produce guy do you sell produce that has been grown with pesticides and fertilizers and he said yes i was shocked because I've always been told by your staff that even though your produce may not have been organic you insured that locals adhered to certain standards please reply if your store is no different than other stores i will have to shop some where else

Ellen Martens says …

Diabetics and those of us with disturbed carbohydrate metabolism actually become healthier on a diet of higher fat and lower starches and sugars.

Justin Su says …

As organic food market is getting maturer in America, it is a toddler in China. It's common idea that industry of many kind in China fell way bebind America although China has been fighting really hard to catch up with. Now we start a business of importing quality organic food, not only food but also service and local lifestyle, to Chinese consumers. It's reported that selling overseas organic food is promising adventure in China and we are happy to start the journey, especially with the giant, wholefoods, to conquer the market. Money is not a problem, network with government of China is not a problem, we just want people to enjoy a healthy life and at the same time construct our career. I believe with pure conception, comes great achievement as what you have created. I do want to talk to you if you could spare a bit of time to answer. Thank you. Justin

Len Spinelli says …

"There's no food like a wholefood" is what I always say

Will Connors says …

Good debate with insights gained from both sides. But only complaint with this video is that yes, I understand that this is your blog, Mr. Mackey... and yes, this is on WF's website; however, it seems very biased that only your slides appear during the presentation and not both you and Nina's. As she spoke, I wanted to see her slides -- but nope. Again, I understand this is a WF website, but it would behoove you to share what she shared in this Oxford style debate.

Ann Dorsey says …

"I" am so excited about what I just saw on Channel 7 here in San Diego : ) As a mother of 3 boys, now grown men.. I had many times needed to obtain produce, meats and dry goods at a lower price ie: marked down, ready for the compost bin or trash. I, with 40 years of grocery experience, from cashier to receiving, dairy deli, just about any department would LOVE ... To be on board as either a volunteer or paid participant in this needed program... So Very Excited That Whole Foods has decided to be an innovator to help the cause of hunger : ) XXXXXX So Needed John !!!!!!!!! Sign Me Up !!!!

Paul J says …

Actually, most of what Mackey is saying supports the Iron Hypothesis. The more iron we consume, and the less we excrete it, the more diseases we accumulate. Interestingly, iron-fortitied wheat may also be to blame. See: How Wheat Went From Superfood To Liability http://bit.ly/1JlaJZT This helps explain why high (refined) carbohydrate diets have become such a liability in America, while they are not much of a problem in other countries and cultures.

John Mackey says …

To Will Connors, There is only one reason why Nina Teicholz's slides aren't posted--she wouldn't allow us to post them. We asked for them several times. Should she be willing to share them with us we would happily post them too. Perhaps you could persuade her to do so? John Mackey

frank bertucci says …

I have had 40 years in the food business, what everyone is missing is the obvious. Prepare meals that a family can finish at home. Market them in such a way that a family of four can enjoy a healthy meal without going broke. I see you are opening a new store on Rt 35 in Spring Lake N.J. Give me 20 minutes of your time and Whole Foods will once again be a growth business.